Billboard #1s for the Week Ending February 4, 1984

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Karma Chameleon Culture Club 1
R & B If You Only Knew Patti LaBelle 2
Country Show Her Ronnie Milsap 1
Adult Contemporary Think of Laura Christopher Cross 1
Rock Jump Van Halen 3
Album Thriller Michael Jackson 27

White_Horse_(Laid_Back_song)This week sees a rare Danish hit make a splash on the U.S. charts. The synth-pop duo Laid Back formed in Copenhagen in 1980 after John Guldberg and Tim Stahl had been collaborating in other projects for nearly a decade. They created a distinctive dance pop sound based on a detached vocal delivery and an array of electronic sounds anchored by bass guitar. White Horse — a catchy, haunting song — was originally the B-side of their international hit Sunshine Reggae. The lead single stiffed in the U.S., but the flip side caught on. This week it began a three-week run at the top of the Dance charts. Just as it left that peak, it debuted on the Hot 100 at #85, eventually peaking at #26 in May 1984. Although Laid Back continue to record and perform to appreciative audiences worldwide, they never cracked the Hot 100 again.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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